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How Shared Web Hosting Functions

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If you would like to set up a web site and render it visible to the whole world, it has to be located on a hosting server. The name of this service is shared web hosting.

Host your site at home or elsewhere

You could host your site on your own computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a pal of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to find a more reliable website hosting solution than that. If you want to establish a real web site, however, which will be reachable by lots of persons and you would like to make it reliable, you will also need a stable web hosting server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a server for your site?

When you own a website, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your web browser, however, is not the best and easiest way to visit a website. That is how and why domains came into being and why you need one for your site. Hence, to create your web site, you need your own personal domain and a server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an Information Technology professional and understand how to handle a web server, you can have a server of your very own and host your site on it. This will permit you to exert full authority over the physical machine, to implement server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weakness, however, is that you will have to ensure the uptime of your website and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which normally costs more if purchased for a whole web server.

Using a web hosting packages provider

If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the most reasonable step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting company. These are firms that offer clients powerful web servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The hosting servers are held in data center facilities with special cooling and backup power systems to guarantee constant website availability.

Varieties of web hosting services

The web is a bottomless ocean and there are numerous hosting vendors offering various hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated web server hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what hosting type fits your needs?

If you have a small or medium-sized web page that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting suggests that numerous shared web hosting accounts and websites are accommodated on one and the same web server, thus decreasing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts commonly involve CPU, RAM, traffic and web server hard disk storage space quotas to ensure that the websites accommodated on the server do not interfere with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.

If your site is bigger, you should select a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated servers web hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers root privileges, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are assigned to each individual virtual server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that make use of the resources of the physical server, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in most situations it's of no concern. Should the resources of the private virtual server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to shift to a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated server web hosting is a physical machine that you rent, which is used just by you for your own website needs. No one else uses its resources and you receive full server root access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, add upgrades later on and add RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can revise the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) too.

Pick your web hosting distributor

If you have an idea of what your web site is going to contain, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely matured yet, your very first move towards the creation of your site should be to pick a web hosting solutions provider. The most intelligent step to take is to discover a web host that offers an extensive array of web hosting solutions so that you do not have to change hosting service providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to shift to a VPS web server solution or a dedicated server solution. We, for example, offer low-cost shared website hosting packages, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web hosting server plans, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel and even dedicated servers. We also offer free-of-charge bonuses - the shared web hosting affordable domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual server hosting plans and dedicated hosting server plans come with a cost-free domain reseller account and invoicing software should you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the first-rate 24/7 customer support service and you have all you would normally require. You could, by all means, discover other hosting firms depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by examining different web hosting reviews. The most reasonable choice, though, is a hosting supplier that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in the United States, in England and in Australia, and offer plenty of domain name extensions for registration.

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